Launch dates are liable to get moved about — we've listed details where available but check in with the venues for the latest word on their openings.
August tends to be quiet on the new opening front — but on the flip side, rich on summer menu launches, terrace unveilings and offers to entice in the punters during a traditionally quiet time.
Coal Rooms, Peckham
Opening in the former ticket office at Peckham Rye station, we'd be excited about Coal Rooms, if only as a way to get inside the Grade II listed building. The fact it's coming with an on-site butchery, a low-waste ethos and dishes like crab rarebit and Mangalitsa cowboy steaks? Sold.
Coal Rooms, 11a Station Way, SE15 4RX. Open 11 August.
Events and special menus
Rudie's in Dalston is going all out for Jamaican Independence Day on 6 August. Considering an average evening at the restaurant already includes one of London's biggest collections of tasting rums, and cocktails potent enough to trick you into thinking their jerk isn't as hot as it really, really is, we're excited and scared to see what happens when there's a reason to celebrate. Book ahead for the Independence Day menu — £40 a head includes dishes like jerked stuffed chicken wings, curry goat cigar, and rum and raisin deep fried ice cream.
A vegan street food battle is hitting KERB King's Cross, from 18-19 August. Tickets are from £25 — not cheap, but that gets you food from every stall and a drink on entry. Book tickets here.
Salt Yard Group is starting an aperitivo hour, just for August. From Monday to Friday, order an Aperol Spritz or Americano from 5pm-7pm and you'll get a plate of cicchetti, completamente free of charge. That'll be on offer across their restaurants — we recommend hitting up Salt Yard or Opera Tavern for a relaxed atmosphere and good carry-on-into-the-night options nearby after.
Twumps Bar arrives at Rich Mix in Shoreditch from 17-19 August. Brought to being by pop-up experts The Human Collective, they're calling this an anti-Trump bar 'dripping with crystals and bad dictator taste.' Every cocktail you buy includes a donation to charities fighting the Trump effect.
A new supperclub event is launching on 17 August, at Burmese restaurant Lahpet in London Fields. Running monthly, chef Zaw Mahesh has designed a tour of the regional flavours and traditions of Myanmar, via dishes like Rakhine clams, Mandalay fritters and duck egg curry. Tickets are £35 a head, book here.